Alligator Spotted in Pond Near Columbia County Schools
Columbia County School District officials have issued a warning to parents who have students that walk to and from school in the Blue Ridge Elementary, Lakeside Middle, and Lakeside High Schools areas. An alligator was spotted in a pond yesterday in the Blue Ridge Crossing neighborhood, not far from the three schools.
Residents in the area notified wildlife authorities.
“We are notifying you regarding a concern brought to our attention by a community member that may impact students who walk to and from school,” said officials in an email to parents on Thursday.
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6 Venomous Snakes In Georgia And South Carolina
Georgia and South Carolina are home to many various snake species. From rural areas to more urban and suburban locations, snake encounters happen all throughout both states. Of course, snakes are part of the ecosystem, and beneficial for eating pests like rats and mice. But, there are 6 venomous snakes in Georgia and South Carolina you need to be aware of!
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, we are “fortunate” to have among the highest biodiversity of snakes in the United States. The state has 47 various species of snakes, from the mountains to the north, and down to the coast. But, if you’re like many people, you don’t think having that many snakes around is “fortunate.”
Around 20 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of fear when it comes to snakes, according to the National Wildlife Federation. Although snake encounters aren’t extremely frequent, perhaps extreme fear of them is unnecessary. But being able to identify snakes can help ease the fear, especially when it comes to venomous snakes in Georgia and South Carolina.
Snakes can be found just about anywhere throughout the two states: backyards, parks, woodlands, and more. Corn and rat snakes are a larger variety that may be spotted in your backyard, but they will eat mice, rats, and occasionally birds and their eggs. Snakes often use piles of brush or firewood as a safe hiding place. Water snakes are of course more likely to be spotted near lakes, streams, ponds, and swamps.
The good news for those who fear snakes? Out of the 47 species, only 6 are venomous.
Here is a list of those 6 venomous snakes in Georgia and South Carolina:
This list is by The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Labratory.